The Emporium

3.9
396 reviews
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$30 and under
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Shortly after the construction of the Jefferson Street Bridge in 1912, Chris Anwonder built the first tavern to grace our building. During the era that followed industry and commerce built upon the banks of the river. Our building has a history that somewhat parallels the economic ups and downs of this area. It has been a porcelain works, tombstone factory, and sign company. Fifteen years prior to the October 1, 1980 opening of our restaurant, it was an empty warehouse. The reconstruction of our building uses artifacts collected from the area, and most of the restored oak pieces have been uniquely located to provide the atmosphere that is the Emporium. The grand staircase, the Deacon"s bench, and the oak doors used as paneling are all from an old church. The antique light fixtures, railings, spindles, and oak columns are authentic and add to the beautiful ambiance and dining experience.
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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VH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. My family took our parents their for my moms 81st birthday and she loved it

LG
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

It doesn't look like you have invested any money back into your business. Anyway, the table we had the table top was flaking and peeling. It was raining, so didn't get the view we had anticipated, but that wasn't your fault.

M
Indiana
26 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We would have enjoyed it much better if we weren't fighting to keep a fly off of our table and food. We thought we would try the Emporium again, as we hadn't been here in a few years and thought we would give it another chance. The best part of our meal was our server. She was terrific. But, we battled a pesky fly throughout the entire dinner. Our swordfish was quite fishy and a little tough. All three of us wanted the apple dessert but there was only one left. We wanted to like it, as we had in years past really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food at the Emporium. Sadly, it isn't anywhere near what it used to be.

MC
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place to enjoy a meal and relax with friends and family.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was ok. Noise level was high. Everything looks old and outdsted. The waitress was super nice and sweet.

S
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food and service were good. Atmosphere was great. Enjoyed our experience and will be back.

LH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always been such a nice place to have a wonderful, relaxing meal.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice evening

LS
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Personnel
Nice but meals unsatisfactory. Greek
Chicken dry and so tough even a steak knife provided hardly cut it; union soup tasted by
3 of our party rated too salty to drink; emporium gave a discount but comments from our friend said we will
Not come back. Too bad As we have had good experience in the past. Very embarrasing to us:

RF
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here on a date and couldn't have dreamt of a better experience. My meal, the ribeye with mashed potatoes and green beans, was incredible! The steak was cooked to medium rare, as per my request, but was more tender and juicy than some raw steaks! Our waitress was very helpful, stopping by not too frequently, but still enough to tend to any need. I would absoloutely reccommend!

PM
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made a reservation for Saturday night for three people only to arrive at the reservation time to be told that they were closed, and that the door should have been locked. No one seemed to care, apologize, or try to figure the situation.

JN
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The French Onion soup was very short on onions or cheese. Mostly a watery concoction with a few croutons thrown in. Certainly not worth $6. My companion ordered the burger medium rare. It was served well done. She returned it and the replacement was even closer to well done. Last stop at this establishment for me.

m
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice view from outside, good food, good veg options.

SS
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the atmosphere. The food was prepared just the way we requested it. Our server (Adam I believe was his name) was great. He was friendly and funny. We really enjoyed our dinner and it was worth the drive. We would and have recommended it to friends and family.

DC
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy going to the Emporium. Food is delicious and service is excellent.

FM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

This was the second time that we were there. Love the building. Very disappointed in the variety of food available. Did not feel the value of the food for the money was appropriate. Felt that you are paying for more of the atmosphere than the food. The quality of food was not great. Someone had the Shrimp Pasta meal. There was hardly any shrimp - maybe 4-5.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

We were celebrating a graduation and had hoped Emporium on the river would be nice. I am generous w ratings but ... We were seated at a great table overlooking the river but the windows were quite dirty. Blinds were crooked and pulled to multiple levels in all windows and looked sloppy. Appetizers of baked Brie and arancini were quite good. Three of four of us ordered the prime rib which we ordered medium rare. It came out grey. Our attentive and very nice waitress Jessica asked us to cut into them because they did not look medium rare - grey all the way through. She took them right back to the kitchen where they finally told her that all they has was well to medium well prime rib. The three of us reordered. Two of us ordered different steaks medium rare. They came out on the well side of medium. Because we had already been there for some time, we did not send them back. We were offered credit toward our bill which was appropriate. Emporium has potential but for us, it was no more than 3 stars. Thank you, though, to Jessica who did her best to take care of us!

AG
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food, the service wasn’t super fast but I get it, it was prom night. The restaurant itself is really pretty definitely recommend it

B
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

90 minute delay for the meal, overcooked food, chairs being stacked all around us as we tried to eat our meal quickly. My order for a digestif was declined because it was “too late” at 8:30pm. The experience was ended with a panhandler in the lobby asking for money.

CT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Not for Mothers Day. we were in a corner with dark marred walls. Our 8 yr old grand child wanted to leave . The waitress was busy so our wait during the entire meal was lengthy. Our Grandchild ordered fries which were very dark in color. I ordered a Cajun salad that shrimp so mushy I could not eat them. The cajun sausage was 3 raggedly cut chunks. There was nothing special about this salad. My daughter ordered Tilapia which was so fishy, we could smell it coming. It was gray in color with uncolorful rice blend. It was an ugly looking plate. My husband ordered steak and fries. He brought half his steak home and did not eat the dark fries. We were so disappointed. There was no Mothers Day menu printed on line , soe we thought we would have multiple choices. The way the food was prepared it probably would not make any difference. No dessert on menue and none was offered

JH
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

steak was awful. server only came by once, didn't even ask us how our food was. awful service and food

AM
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service & enjoyed views of river with art installations. Friendly service. Filet was great. Partner ordered fish & chips. Fish portion small, fries with too much salt. Meal discounted by 50%.

GG
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food and Great Service! Our server was very personable and accommodating.

JU
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Beautiful place, exceptional food. But we did have to wait on our server a few times. Maybe they were short staffed. It was not a busy time.

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent steak and shrimp dinners!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

Sorry, but terrible food.

S
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great location the food was avg at best and menu could be updated and have more flair. Wait staff less than energetic and brought no upbeat vibe to the table.

j
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

went there easter, around 12:00. The place wasn't that busy but waiter had too many tables. We ordered the glazed ham, food had a good taste but it was cold and the carrots were raw. Wife had leftovers and ate it the next day and said it was good hot!

OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Husbands Birthday

RY
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The food was horrible. Food presentation was poor. The service was adequate.

DJ
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great prices very clean and friendly service would go back

JE
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Have been coming to The Emporium for many years and typically leave satisfied. This visit after the theatre did not produce the same results. Missed on service, cleanliness and qualify of food. Hope they fix things in the near future.

JR
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food and service were great but the noise level was high.

M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a delightful experience after going to the Morris for a play. The food never disappoints, and they have the best moscato around. I highly recommend the Emporium.

CL
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service, great waiter, and the food on this Friday evening was was excellent and reasonably priced.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good food and a great place to enjoy a meal!

DS
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food in a great atmosphere. Emporium always delivers.

S
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to the Emporium for years and this is the best service we have ever had. Our server was really attentive and we had a very good time. I would recommend the Emporium.

OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and good service will go there again

MS
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 1

The waiter was great weak drinks food tastes great but you dont get enough food for what you paid for

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